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Science and Nature

Collections that reflect the variety of Missouri's pursuits in medicine, technology, and science.

1951 Kansas City Flood

1951 Kansas City Flood

Contributed by: Kansas City Public Library

The 1951 flood was one of the most devastating natural events in the Kansas City area. The photographer of these 30 images is unknown.

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A. B. Nichols Panama Collection

A. B. Nichols Panama Collection

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

A. B. Nichols Panama Canal Materials were gathered and organized during Nichols' tenure as Office Engineer. Nichols was first employed by the Isthmian Canal Commission in 1899 to survey the Nicaraguan route. In 1904, he was assigned to the Panama Canal. Most of the materials in these notebooks and albums dates from 1906 to 1917.

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American School of Osteopathy (ASO) Record Books

American School of Osteopathy (ASO) Record Books

Contributed by: Museum of Osteopathic Medicine (SM), A.T. Still University

Record books, 1892-1916, of the American School of Osteopathy. These documents reflect incorporation, early board governance, faculty proceedings, rules and regulations and the osteopaths who influenced the profession's formation and the medical practice in general.

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Andrew Taylor Still Papers

Andrew Taylor Still Papers

Contributed by: Museum of Osteopathic Medicine (SM), A.T. Still University

In 1874 Dr. A.T. Still (1828-1917) rebelled against standard 19th century medicine and launched his own health care system based on concepts of form and function, later named osteopathy. The Andrew Taylor Still Papers consists of Still's essays, letters, book drafts, and other writings. Also present are letters to Still, military records, other personal documents.

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Bagnell Dam Construction Photographs

Bagnell Dam Construction Photographs

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

This collection of 845 photographs documents all phases of the Bagnell Dam construction project, including the workers, the buildings erected for housing and other needs, and of areas around the dam site. The construction of Bagnell Dam led to the creation of the Lake of the Ozarks, one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States and a popular tourist destination.

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BEYOND TLC: Missouri Women in the Health Science Professions

BEYOND TLC: Missouri Women in the Health Science Professions

Contributed by: Becker Medical Library, Washington University

Pioneering and prominent Missouri women of the 20th century are featured in this collection about professions in the health sciences. The site both profiles individual women and explores women’s contributions to the development of health science professions.

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Botanicus

Botanicus

Contributed by: Missouri Botanical Garden

Portal to historic botanical literature from the Missouri Botanical Garden Library.

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Camp Ozark – Powersite Dam Photograph Collection

Camp Ozark – Powersite Dam Photograph Collection

Contributed by: White River Valley Historical Society

101 photographs of the construction of the Powersite Dam, the first hydroelectric dam in the State of Missouri. During construction, most of the workers lived at the dam site; the settlement became known as Camp Ozark. Images include those of workers, machinery, barges, buildings, excavation work, railroads, and the spillway outlet and powerhouse.

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Centuries of Civil Engineering: A Rare Book Exhibition Celebrating the Heritage of Civil Engineering

Centuries of Civil Engineering: A Rare Book Exhibition Celebrating the Heritage of Civil Engineering

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

An exhibit draws upon highlights from the Linda Hall Library collections to focus on the historical accomplishments of both American engineers and their European predecessors and counterparts.

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Charles E. Still Sr. and Jr. Collection

Charles E. Still Sr. and Jr. Collection

Contributed by: Museum of Osteopathic Medicine (SM), A.T. Still University

The digitized portion of the Charles E. Still Sr./Jr. Collection includes typed and handwritten reminiscences to Dr. Charles Still Sr., regarding his father Andrew Taylor Still. Andrew Taylor Still was the founder of the American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri.

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Classics and Landmarks Collection

Classics and Landmarks Collection

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

This collection brings together publications in science and technology that have become recognized for their seminal influence, groundbreaking ideas, or presentation of initial discoveries. The collection presents two editions of Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius; Tycho Brahe's discovery of a Nova; the first published description of the Copernican system; and more.

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Claude N. Strauser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District

Claude N. Strauser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District

Contributed by: University of Missouri - St. Louis

Collection of 69 images documenting the flood of 1927, which started around the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and flooded the tributaries southward to the Gulf of Mexico. The flooded area covered the towns of Forrest City, Arkansas; Greenville, Mississippi; Vicksburg, Mississippi; Hamburg, Louisiana; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Deafness in Disguise

Deafness in Disguise

Contributed by: Becker Medical Library, Washington University

Deafness in Disguise presents images, illustrations, advertising pamphlets, trade catalogs, patents, rare books and other material pertaining to mechanical and electrical hearing devices from the 19th and 20th centuries. Of particular focus are hearing devices that were designed for concealment or camouflage within everyday items.

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Exploring Object Virtual Reality

Exploring Object Virtual Reality

Contributed by: Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University

This exhibit features interactive movies of twenty historic hearing devices from the Central Institute for the Deaf – Max A. Goldstein Historic Devices for Hearing Collection at Washington University Bernard Becker Medical Library.

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Face of the Moon: Galileo to Apollo

Face of the Moon: Galileo to Apollo

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

A collection of moon maps chronologically arranged by their publication date. This is an online version of an exhibition catalog that was originally published in 1989.

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Fragments From the Botanical Frontier

Fragments From the Botanical Frontier

Contributed by: Missouri Botanical Garden

Information on three areas of the North American botanical frontier. Botanical exploration generally followed lines of transportation and military campaigns, as such there were unexplored pockets. These unexplored areas were finally closed as botanical "frontiers" in the twentieth century.

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Fruitful Heritage

Fruitful Heritage

Contributed by: Paul Evans Library of Fruit Science, Missouri State University

The Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station was established in 1899. Station directors and staff documented their work on 873 glass photographic plates. The collection displays the unique heritage of Ozark pomology (fruit culture). The collection documents fruit varieties, disease, insects, orchard equipment, and harvesting methods from the first half of the twentieth century.

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Illustrated History of the Missouri Botanical Garden (1800-1920)

Illustrated History of the Missouri Botanical Garden (1800-1920)

Contributed by: Missouri Botanical Garden

Brief history of the Missouri Botanical Garden, illustrated with historic photos from its archive ranging in date from 1850 through the present. They include modern and historic gardens, architecture, scientific explorations and variety of other subjects.

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Johann Leonhard Rost. Atlas Portatilis Coelestis, 1723

Johann Leonhard Rost. Atlas Portatilis Coelestis, 1723

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

This portable atlas follows the style of Johannes Hevelius by the inclusion of constellations invented by Hevelius. There are fourteen hand-colored plates, each one usually divided into three panels, to present forty-one constellation maps.

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Little River Drainage District

Little River Drainage District

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

Collection of over 3000 photographs documenting the construction of the Little River Drainage District in Southeast Missouri, including the Headwater Diversion Channel and levee. The District was built to create usable land from Mississippi River floodplains.

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Medical Journeys

Medical Journeys

Contributed by: Becker Medical Library, Washington University

This collection contains items from several of the archival collections of the Washington University School of Medicine pertaining to physicians and medical scientists who immigrated to Missouri from foreign countries in the 19th and 20th centuries and to Missouri physicians and medical scientists who traveled abroad to research, teach and share their expertise.

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Medicine in the Jungle: Dr. Thomas Dooley and Earl Rhine in Laos

Medicine in the Jungle: Dr. Thomas Dooley and Earl Rhine in Laos

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

An digital exhibit documenting how Dr. Thomas A. Dooley and his American assistants, Earl Rhine and Dwight Davis, took medical care, American friendship and humanitarian aid to people in Laos.

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Medicine in Times of Need: 21st General Hospital/Base Hospital 21

Medicine in Times of Need: 21st General Hospital/Base Hospital 21

Contributed by: Becker Medical Library, Washington University

The 21st General Hospital and Base Hospital 21 Collections consist of 617 items relating to the service of these Army hospital units in the First and Second World Wars. The items include photographic prints, negatives, lantern slides, sketches, documents, and memorabilia from several collections donated by members (or relatives of members) of these medical units.

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Mining Health Study

Mining Health Study

Contributed by: Joplin Public Library

Report by the Federal Bureau of Mines investigators in 1914-1915 documenting mining operations and the health and safety dangers present in Joplin's zinc and lead mines.

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Missouri Conservationist

Missouri Conservationist

Contributed by: Missouri Department of Conservation

This collection includes issues of the Missouri Conservationist magazine from 1938 to 1997. Beginning with July 1995, all issues are published online by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The collection is arranged in chronological order by issue.

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Missouri Department of Conservation Film Collection

Missouri Department of Conservation Film Collection

Contributed by: Missouri Department of Conservation

Historical films produced by the Missouri Department of Conservation to inform citizens about protecting and managing the state’s forest, fish and wildlife resources. Access is available through YouTube.

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Natural History Books

Natural History Books

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

This collection features works encompassing the pursuit of knowledge regarding natural objects from the 17th to the early 20th century. Topics covered include zoology, botany, geology and associated fields.

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O'Reilly General Hospital of Springfield, Missouri

O'Reilly General Hospital of Springfield, Missouri

Contributed by: Evangel University; Springfield Greene County Library

Collection of 194 photographs, a map, and history of this wartime facility at Springfield, Missouri.

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Out of This World: The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas

Out of This World: The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

Collection of Star Atlases encompasses atlases and maps from 1482 to the 19th century ranging from the rudimentary, to some of the most beautiful and accurate scientific books ever published, finshed with later pictorial atlases for the general public.

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Paper Dinosaurs, 1824-1969

Paper Dinosaurs, 1824-1969

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

An exhibit of original printed materials related to the history of dinosaur discovery.

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Powerful Grace Lies in Herbs and Plants

Powerful Grace Lies in Herbs and Plants

Contributed by: Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University ; Missouri Botanical Garden Library

A joint exhibit between Becker Medical Library and the Missouri Botanical Garden Library that showcases works on herbal medicine dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries.

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Quest for the Cure:  Care and Treatment in Missouri's First State Mental Hospital

Quest for the Cure: Care and Treatment in Missouri's First State Mental Hospital

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

Exhibit traces the history and development of Missouri's first mental hospital from 1844.

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Riches From the Earth

Riches From the Earth

Contributed by: Powers Museum; Joplin Museum Complex; Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Library Archives and Special Collections; State Historical Society of Missouri

A basic introduction to the geological and industrial heritage of the Tri-State Mineral District. This district encompasses southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma and was one of the United States' richest mineral districts of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Star Atlases

Star Atlases

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

The collection of Star Atlases encompasses atlases and maps from 1482 to the 19th century. The materials range from the rudimentary, to some of the most beautiful and accurate scientific books ever published, finishing with late pictorial atlases for the general public.

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Tri-State Mining Maps

Tri-State Mining Maps

Contributed by: Missouri Southern State University and the Jasper and Newton County Environmental Task Force

Collection consists of more than 5,000 maps that document lead and zinc mining in Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas, and Northeast Oklahoma.

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Tycho Brahe. Astronomical Coniectur [A New Star], 1632

Tycho Brahe. Astronomical Coniectur [A New Star], 1632

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

English translation of Tycho Brahe's De nova stella, in which he described his observations of a new star that had appeared in the constellation Cassiopeia in 1572.

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Type Specimens from the Missouri Botanical Garden Herbarium

Type Specimens from the Missouri Botanical Garden Herbarium

Contributed by: Missouri Botanical Garden

Access to the Missouri Botanical Garden's VAST (VAScular Tropicos) nomenclatural database and associated authority files.

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University of Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station Publications

University of Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station Publications

Contributed by: University of Missouri-Columbia

Special reports, research bulletins, circulars, and other bulletins published by the Agricultural Experiment Station from 1888 to 2005. The subjects covered range from agricultural education, legislation, agribusiness, and farm management to livestock, insects, soil research, crops, and orchards.

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Voyages: Scientific Circumnavigations 1679 - 1859

Voyages: Scientific Circumnavigations 1679 - 1859

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

Collection of published monuments of circumnavigation including expeditions of William Dampier, Captain Cook, French captains La Pérouse, Freycinet, Duperrey, and Dumont D'Urville; Russian explorer Otto von Kotzebue, etc.

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Washington University School of Medicine Oral History Project

Washington University School of Medicine Oral History Project

Contributed by: Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University

An ongoing series of recorded interviews and transcripts dating from 1959. The project captures first person accounts and reflections on the history of the medical school, medical practice in St. Louis, and developments in the field of medicine.

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